Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood

Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood

by Julia Aziz

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ISBN-13: 9781933455921
Publisher: MSI Press
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Lessons of Labor: One Woman's Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood by Julia Aziz is an engaging book that offers helpful advice to every expectant and new mother. The journey undertaken by any expectant mother and the experiences of pregnancy, birth and mothering are discussed extensively, giving readers intimate comfort while adjusting to the new lessons and moments. The stories and transformative experiences shared by the author will ignite a curiosity in readers to look at their own labor as an opportunity of self-discovery. The book reiterates the truth that one's life experience is the biggest teacher and all life experiences can be viewed positively as a tool for personal growth. The book is divided into four parts and they focus on the challenges of birthing and also about losses suffered due to miscarriage and other types of losses. It is also a gentle reminder to discover, to love, to learn, to heal, and to grow. The author's words are insightful, profound and compassionate, and the book is a catalyst for delving deeper into one's own self, reflecting, learning, and making the best use of all that is given. The tips and techniques will guide women to handle the challenges faced during parenthood. The writing style is fluid, descriptive, honest, assertive and simple. All the advice is easy to incorporate and practice. The book is also a nice way of looking at motherhood through someone else's eyes. Apart from expectant mothers and new mothers, this book will be helpful to all birth or postpartum professionals.
shawnaweekly More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for any new mother who has struggled in any way with any questions or concerns related to motherhood, so basically if you are a mother and have a need to connect with others you must read this book. Julia mixes her own stories of motherhood and loss with her sense of humor and objective outlook on happiness and letting go of the things we can't control to give us a unique perspective on parenting. I will read this again each year as her words ring so true for me and have changed the way I conduct my days with my own children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!  It is a gem!  Julia writes with such love, honesty and vulnerability.  She teaches, by example, how to trust your body's own wisdom. I learned so much from this book about life and how to gracefully grow. Julia taught me the most important lesson of all - to love myself and follow my own intuition.  A beautiful memoir!
JenL0 More than 1 year ago
Even as a woman who doesn't have or want children of my own, I found valuable life insights in this easy to read memoir. I honestly couldn't put it down, especially during the suspenseful third birth.  Julia is giving us permission to be kind to ourselves, not to listen to what the world tells us we should or shouldn't do, and to follow our own intuition.  She uses pregnancy and motherhood as a vehicle for these concepts, but really this book is about life!  It reminds everyone, both people who have and don't have children, to realize that every person and situation is different, and no one knows what tactics will "work" to "fix" the struggles we encounter in life, in parenthood or otherwise.  Julia reminds us to trust yourselves, and not to judge others.  I've already gifted the book twice and will likely do so many more times.  It is an inspiring read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book allowed me to be more accepting of my own birthing experience and I am eternally grateful for this. I ended up having a C-section. The absolute last thing I wanted. With the help of this book I realized that making the decision to call that a 'bad' experience was dishonoring myself and my son. If I can take a step back and see how this was truly a lesson for me to let go of control, I can see the perfection in it all. I don't want to look back on the welcoming of my son to the world with any sort of regret or dissatisfaction so I am choosing to take it as a blessing in disguise. I am still allowing myself to feel the feelings I have about it but rather than dwelling in it I am trying to be more of an observer, as I am sure the lessons are still unfolding from this experience. For me, the hardest part of new motherhood has been dealing with the feelings I have had about having a C-section (and dealing with the recovery from it). This book came at the perfect time to help me with this.  I highly recommend this book for all new moms and any 'seasoned' moms looking for new perspectives and insights. This book is not a guidebook to being the perfect parent. Instead it offers an opportunity for self-reflection, acceptance and appreciation for the mother you already are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book, full of insight, honesty, and warmth. When I was a new mother, I struggled under the pressure to do everything "right"--an impossible task! For me, this book really validated how difficult new motherhood is and reminded me to care for myself and trust my instincts. I highly recommend this to new and expectant mothers, to professionals who works with mothers, or anyone who enjoys reflecting on life's most intimate journey!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely wonderful. The author guides readers through her own labor as a way to offer deep yet gentle perspective to moms of any type: new, experienced, or expecting. I found Julia's book to be absolutely invaluable in my postpartum journey. I highlighted nearly every paragraph!